According to local daily La Nacion, Paraguay’s Comision Tecnica de Portabilidad Numerica (CTPN) has received two bids from companies interested in managing the country’s mobile number portability (MNP) database, namely Spain’s Informatica El Corte Ingles and Ericsson del Paraguay, a local offshoot of US firm Telecordia. Francisco Gutierrez, spokesman for the CTPN, has indicated that the service could be up and running by November, pending a swift resolution to the decision-making process.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 28 September 2011 CTPN declared the original tender void, after Netherlands-based Porting Access – the sole bidder in the process – failed to meet a number of technical conditions. Further, it is believed that the committee, which comprises representatives of the country’s four mobile operators – Tigo (formerly Telecel), Nucleo (Telecom Personal Paraguay), Hola Paraguay (Vox) and Claro Paraguay (formerly CTI Movil) – harboured serious misgivings about Porting Access’s reputation in markets such as Kenya and Panama, where it has run into difficulties in implementing MNP. The CTPN had previously invited eight specialists to participate in the tender, and was said to be baffled at the lack of interest shown.